April 19, 2018 Subject:
Twin Peaks Tunnel - 1917
"Shot in the years after the great earthquake and fire which leveled The City, Twin Peaks Tunnel was intended to promote the development of Western portions of San Francisco. Twin Peaks Tunnel was shot by the Pathescope film company for a local real estate firm. It documents construction of what was then claimed to be the longest municipal tunnel in the world. The film includes footage of the construction of the tunnel and the clearing of Sutro Forest, as well as development of the West Portal, St. Francis Wood, and Westwood Park neighborhoods. City officials, engineers, workers and ordinary citizens are also seen in the film. According to historian David Kiehn, the film was produced for the Baldwin and Howell Real Estate Company, located on Kearny Street in San Francisco. Newspaper advertisements also indicate that the film was first shown on October 13, 1917 - most likely in a San Francisco storefront. It was popular enough to be continuously screened for weeks thereafter." The original 28mm copy of Twin Peaks Tunnel is in the collection of the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum. The museum also holds the 35mm preservation negative and two 35mm positive prints. Restored version can be seen here- https://archive.org/details/TwinPeaksTunnel1917
January 1, 2006 Subject:
(is not directed by David Lynch)
2 transit tunnels are showcased here, we start off by showing the opening day of the tunnels, and this of course, being 1917 SF, is a BIG event. Lots of people show up to watch the trolleys come to and fro. Its almost a sheer frenzy! This was quite fascinating both in the effect at the people but how well developed SF seemed to be after.. well, ok, 8 years IS a long time after the quake and fire. I guess they had a lot of pluck to redevelop. From there, we go BACKWARDS and see the actual tunnel get developed. Lots of trees removed, plenty of dirt removed (poor donkeys)! And lots of man labor (and fat cats in suits to observe the work). An interesting relic of this time period.